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In February of 2016 Jayne and I flew from Portland, Oregon to Mexico City. Political relationships with Cuba had improved under President Obama so that it was finally possible to travel to Cuba. That meant Jayne, as an American citizen, could somewhat legally go. For me, as a German citizen, it was never a problem, but of course I didn't want to go without Jayne.
We still decided to fly to Mexico City and then to Havana. This way Jayne could claim to have only been to Mexico, if needed. Arriving in Cube the border guard stamped my passport, but for Jayne only stamped a piece of paper and put it in her passport. They know very well what's going on.
Because of limited vacation time we decided to just stick to Havana and not attempt to see more of the country. Hopefully the political climate will improve further and will make it even easier to visit Cuba in the near future.






General Info

Winter is the best time to visit Cuba in my opinion. November through April has nice temperatures and the least rain storms..

Travel guide: Lonely Planet Cuba

Getting there:
Direct flights from the US to Cuba are very limited and still only fully legal in a organized group. Therefore going through Mexico City is a good option.

As in all tourist places one has to be aware of pickpockets, other than that Havana is quite safe.

Cuba is tourist oriented, but by far not everybody speaks English, especially outside the city. The locals are very friendly and try to be helpful, therefore one usually can get by with hand signals if one doesn't speak Spanish.

View from our guest house in Havana
We stayed at a guest house, rather than a large hotel. It was a large apartment where the owner rented out a couple of rooms. The room came with a small, but good breakfast of fruit, bread and coffee (until they ran out of coffee and couldn't buy more).

our guest house in Havana

There are plenty of memorials, murals and billboards celebrating the revolution.

That's a photo Jayne wanted for many years - Commie ;-)


we hired a local guide
For the fist day in Havana we hired a local guide to show us around and give us some insights. This helped us get our bearings so that we could more easily navigate the city on our own for the rest of the trip.

we hired a local guide

vintage US cars
Yes, they still have the vintage US cars. Many of them are not in the best condition, but most are beautifully kept and function as taxis for tourists. The real, local taxis are mostly Russian Lada's.

vintage US cars